Peach Pie

I have pie on my mind, and while I do, I thought it important not to overlook one that we can all take advantage of making right now – Peach Pie. Though peaches have been a little scarce in Gillespie County this year, I know that Jenschke Orchards and Eckhardt Orchards, among others, have had…

Pot Roast Torta

Pot Roast Ingredients 1 jar MOM’s Pot Roast Meal Starter3 lb. Chuck Roast2 large potatoes3 large carrots Cook Chuck Roast with potatoes and carrots in slow cooker on low for 6hrs with MOM’s Pot Roast Meal Starter. Serve with potatoes and carrots. Enjoy. Pot Roast Torta Mayo to taste1 large tomato1 red onion1 avocadoShredded lettuce1…

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients 24 oz. MOM’s Special Marinara24 oz. H-E-B Fully Cooked Chicken Breast8 oz. Shredded MozzarellaFresh basil for garnish Directions Follow heating instructions for chicken breast. Remove chicken from heat and pour over a little or a lot of MOM’s Special Marinara sauce and top with cheese. Place in oven for 2 min to warm sauce…

Lemon Meringue Pie

On occasion my mom made Lemon Meringue Pie. It may not have been perfect but served warm at dinner (our lunch) it was wonderful. As a leftover—not so much, particularly after being kept in the refrigerator. I cannot say her pie was a magnificent work of art as some might describe theirs. It would not…

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is a French term for a rich, baked custard made with cream rather than milk. It is topped with a layer of brown caramelized sugar which was initially accomplished by using a Salamander, a flat disk made of iron on the end of a long handle, that had been heated in a stove’s…

The Perfect Hamburger

After 1960 my mom began trying her hand at making hamburgers. Her patties were rather large and became even thicker as they were pan-fried. Sandwiched with toasted Dietz Bakery bread, the burgers once assembled nearly rivaled a Dagwood Sandwich. With lettuce, pickles, onions, and a slice of home-grown tomato they soon simply fell apart and…

Zilkerita

Ingredients 2oz Tequila1oz Passionfruit Mango Cocktail MixSugar, if desired Directions Add sugar to rim of low-ball glass.Fill glass with ice.Add tequila and cocktail mix.Stir well.

Vamos a la Playa

Ingredients 2oz Vodka1oz Lime Ginger Cocktail MixSparkling Water or Ginger Beer  Directions Fill low ball glass with ice.Add Vodka and cocktail mix.Stir well.Top with sparkling water or ginger beer.

Seawall Sipper

Ingredients 2oz Gin2oz Watermelon Mint Cocktail MixSparkling water or tonic water Directions Fill low ball glass with ice.Add gin and cocktail mix.Stir well.Top with sparkling water or tonic water.

Watermelon 

I first tasted watermelon at an afternoon Kaffeeklatsch at Ernst and Minna Kallenberg’s home. They lived in a simple 3-room Classic Cottage along what was once the Old Comfort Road. They were an elderly couple who had moved “into town” from Grapetown. They became my adoptive grandparents, and they had a Kaffeeklatsch mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but watermelon…

Coke Float

In the United States, an “ice cream soda” typically refers to a drink containing soda water, syrup, and ice cream, whereas a “float” is considered a soft drink, today, commonly root beer, with ice cream in it. In 1950 my dad began selling 1-acre parcels of our little farm on which I had been born…

Tapioca Pudding 

Perhaps, once as a child, you plunged your spoon into Tapioca Pudding expecting the smooth sensations of a vanilla pudding. Instead, you got a mouthful of squishiness from what looked like a bowl of fish eggs. Such an experience could leave anyone traumatized and wary of this dessert for years. If this rings true for you,…